What’s Up in the Sky – April 2022

AAA Observers’ April Guide

April’s Evening Planets:

Mercury will be up until around 9PM in the second half of April, moving between Cetus the Sea-Monster and Taurus the Bull. Uranus is in Cetus until 10 PM and earlier every night until 8 PM by the end of the month.

April’s Evening Stars:

The Winter Triangle will be up until around 11 PM, and setting earlier every night: Sirius, the brightest star viewed from Earth is in Canis Major the Great Dog, Betelgeuse is in Orion the Hunter, and Procyon is in Canis Minor the Small Dog. Spot Capella in Auriga the Charioteer, Arcturus in Boötes the Herdsman, Regulus in Leo the Lion, Spica in Virgo the Virgin, and bright Castor and Pollux in Gemini the Twins. Also find the stars of constellations Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Hercules, Cancer, Perseus, Draco, Virgo, Leo, Hydra, and Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers).

April’s Morning Planets:

Bright Venus will be up for about as of 5 AM, moving between Capricornus the Sea-Goat and Pisces the Fish through April. Red Mars will be up as of 5 AM and earlier everyday moving between Capricornus and Aquarius the Water Bearer. Jupiter will be in Pisces as of 6 AM and rising earlier every morning. Saturn will be in Sagittarius the Archer as of 5 AM and rising earlier every morning. Neptune is in Aquarius as of 6 AM. Dwarf planet Pluto is in Sagittarius as of 4 AM and lingering until morning.

April’s Morning Stars:

The Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle will be up until sunrise. Look for reddish Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion, Arcturus in Boötes, and Spica in Virgo, along with the stars of constellations Leo, Hercules, Serpens, Libra, Cassiopeia, Ophiuchus, Cepheus, Pegasus, Andromeda, Draco, and Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers).

April Skylights

  • April 1 New Moon at 2:25 AM
  • April 7 Moon at apogee (251,300 miles away)
  • April 9 First Quarter Moon at 2:45 AM
  • April 16 Full Moon, first supermoon of 2021 at 2:55 PM
  • April 19 Moon at perigee (226,900 miles away)
  • April 22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks- predawn
  • April 22 Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Moon line up (pre-dawn)
  • April 23 Last quarter Moon at 7:55 AM
  • April 26 Venus is 4° North of the Moon (10 PM)
  • April 30 New Moon at 4:30 PM

 Times given in EDT.